HealthLeaders Media HR - February 23, 2009 | Evidence-Based Medicine and the Return of Harry & Louise
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Evidence-Based Medicine and the Return of Harry & Louise
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

All this talk of late about evidence-based medicine has triggered a déjà vu overload. Reading about it is like dialing the way-back machine to 1993, when President Bill Clinton's sweeping healthcare reforms were getting barbequed in Congress. The details are different, of course, and many of the players have changed, but the central question is essentially the same: What is the government's role in the nation's healthcare system? [Read More]
  February 23, 2009

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Editor's Picks
United they stand; nurses form super union
Here's some news to brighten the week of any hospital C-suite. Three of the nation's largest nursing unions have announced a merger to ramp up unionization efforts across the country. The three unions to merge are the United American Nurses, California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, and the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Their new, 150,000-member association will be called the United American Nurses-National Nurses Organizing Committee. This merger comes as legislation is under consideration in Congress that will greatly facilitate unionization drives across all industries. [Read More]
Healthcare's big players meet secretly to shape policy
As a former newspaper reporter, I despise the idea of secret meetings, especially when the topic is something as big as healthcare reform, and especially when the venue is a public building, in this case the U.S. Capitol. The New York Times reports that representatives from insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, hospital and physician groups, and consumer advocates have been meeting on the sly since last fall and may be nearing a consensus on healthcare legislation that will mandate healthcare coverage by every American. Well, thanks to the tobacco ban at the Capitol, at least it's not a smoke-filled room. [Read More]
North Dakota nurse to lead HRSA
President Barack Obama has named a North Dakota nurse and expert on rural health to run the government's community clinics program. Mary Wakefield, who started out as a nurse and became a health policy expert, currently directs the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota. She will lead the Health Resources and Services Administration, a small agency with an important public health mission. [Read More]
Recession complicates recruiting
The nursing shortage across the nation is deepening, and now experts say the recession is undercutting the power of institutions to attack it. The economic downturn is drying up money that hospitals and nursing schools were spending to recruit and attract people to the profession. That means health institutions may remain understaffed longer than expected, health officials said. [Read More]
Hospital layoffs roundup from across the country
Once again, here's a roundup of recent hospital layoffs from across the nation. The methodology is simple. I Google "hospital," "layoffs," and "2009," and run through a few screens to see what pops up: This week, I've had to dig little deeper, going back five or six screens to get the layoffs stories that I usually find on the first one or two screens. I make no claim that this shows that hospital layoffs are on the decline, but I hope that is the case.
Executives on the Move
NEW HAVEN, CT: Benfer to retire from St. Raphael
David W. Benfer has announced his retirement as president and CEO of the Saint Raphael Healthcare System after 10 years at the nonprofit hospital and its affiliates. Benfer, 62, is expected to stay on for up to a year in his current post as a nationwide search is conducted for his replacement. When a new CEO is named, Benfer will transition to a role as vice chairperson of the Saint Raphael Healthcare System Board of Trustees. His role will include efforts to pursue Saint Raphael's affiliation with a national health system - one of the Board's long-term strategies to secure Saint Raphael's future and ensure the continued presence of Catholic healthcare in the region. [Read More]

MINEOLA, NY: Winthrop-University Hospital names new CEO
John F. Collins has been named president and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital. Collins has been a member of the Winthrop leadership team for more than a decade, most recently in the role of executive vice president and COO. Collins' appointment will become effective March 1. He replaces Daniel P. Walsh, who announced his retirement last fall. Walsh will serve as a consultant and advisor to Collins, through June 30, his official retirement date. [Read More]

WAIMEA, HI: CEO named at North Hawaii Community Hospital
John White has been named CEO of North Hawaii Community Hospital, Kamuela, a 40-bed acute-care hospital, effective April 15. He replaces Ron Virgus, who has served as interim CEO since last July, and who will continue in that capacity until White takes over in April. White is currently president and CEO of Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake, WA. [Read More]

MERIDIAN, MS: Tvarkunas named Riley Hospital CEO
Pamela S. Tvarkunas has been promoted to CEO of Riley Hospital, a Health Management Associates hospital. A Meridian native, Tvarkunas has been affiliated with Riley Hospital for more than 37 years, where she began her career as a student nurse. Most recently Tvarkunas served as the hospital's COO. [Read More]
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